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The Common Core Standards were developed not only to provide consistent learning goals across states, but also to provide a clear and consistent framework for educators. Blended learning, a method of instruction that combines the use of online instruction through educational technology combined with face-to-face learning, provides unique opportunities to support the Common Core and other state learning standards.
As educational hardware and software improves, technology-rich classrooms are more and more common. However, moving beyond a technology-rich classroom is a classroom using blended learning. Blended learning leverages educational technology, like PebbleGo, to combine face-to-face instruction with online learning. There are many different models and approaches to integrating blended learning into an elementary classroom, but all models involve some sort of online component.
If you have spent any time with children at all, you will know that social media is a huge part of their lives. Not only is it a big part of their lives, but for many of us adults as well. It can be a powerful resource to connect and communicate. So how can you leverage social media as a teacher to help your classroom and career grow?
School librarians work in a unique environment that requires constant adaptability. Whether adjusting to curriculum changes or new technology, librarians need a wide range of skills to be successful. Professional development helps keep skills fresh and helps you adapt to changes. Here are a few resources to help you explore professional development opportunities.
Stepping into your library on the first day can be exciting and overwhelming. You probably have personal goals and expectations in addition to the expectations that your district and administration have. It can be a lot to take in - and quickly. Luckily, teachers and librarians are some of the most collaborative people around. There are so many resources available, but it can be tough to sort out which ones are the best.
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There is no doubt that technology is changing the way students learn. From smartboards, to virtual reality, the tools available to librarians and teachers are expanding rapidly. We've taken a look at some of the top ed tech trends that could be coming to your school library or classroom in 2019.
As schools dismiss for the holidays, the books are all shelved and it's a great time to reflect on your end of year goals. Even if you aren’t the resolution type, taking time to reflect and set goals can set you up for a successful end of the school year. Goal setting provides focus and allows you to spend your time and energy on what is most important to you.
The holidays are here and it is the time of year that we all start thinking about winter break being spent with our family and friends. We also think about our students and their families and the special things we can send them off with over the holiday to continue their learning in engaging, creative and fun ways.
Here are 7 ways to stay connected to your students, families, and community over the holidays too.